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Date of Birth 14 December 1966Rødovre, Denmark

Mini Bio (1)

Helle Thorning-Schmidt was born on December 14, 1966 in Rødovre, Denmark. She is an executive. She has been married to Stephen Kinnock since 1996. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Stephen Kinnock (1996 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (5)

February 8th 2005: Elected to the Danish Parliament, Folketinget.
Has two daughters, Johanna and Camilla.
On 12 April 2005, she was elected as leader of the Social Democratic Party in Denmark.
Daughter-in-law of Neil Kinnock.
Elected as Denmark's first female Prime Minister on 15 September 2011.

Personal Quotes (16)

We are not jumping on the austerity bandwagon. A healthy economy is by far the most important thing for Social Democrats.
We did it. Make no mistake: We have written history. Today there's a change of guards in Denmark.
For young girls, whom I meet a lot when I travel around the country, it will be a big thing. It will really show them that there's no post in Denmark that a girl can't aspire to.
I really appreciate the British part of my family.
So yes, European decision making is not pretty. But it does work.
I feel like giving myself a pat on the back. We can create history tonight. We can bid goodbye to 10 years of (Liberal-Conservative) government which has ground to a halt, and get a new government and a new majority in Denmark.
Of course we have to address the deficit if we win.
But what sets Europe apart is we insist on a social model that consists of solidarity, equal opportunity and a certain amount of redistribution.
We can say farewell to 10 years of bourgeois rule... now we have the opportunity to change Denmark.
People want to make sacrifices but they don't want to be sacrificed.
I know too much about British politics to comment on British politics.
Without growth we can't pay down our debt, and without growth there's no money for welfare.
I'm taking care of the children, doing a bit of cooking and trying to do a bit of DIY around the house. But that's not going too well.
Denmark needs change, Denmark needs to move on and Denmark needs my leadership.
This is not an election where we hand out gifts. It is an election where we ask everyone to contribute more.
We have the opportunity to change Denmark - that opportunity must be seized.

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